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French Military Interventions: The Case of Chad

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When Chad became independent in August 1960, it already enjoyed all the rights of a sovereign state under normally-accepted criteria: exclusivity in legislation and in the nomination of administration officials over the entire national territory, exclusive control of the police force and jurisdiction, exclusivity of customs duties and of the administration of public funds, as well as exclusive minting rights, although this last privilege was exercised conjointly with France and other African nations.

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  1. For an in-depth analysis of the crisis cf. R. Buijtenhuijs, Le Frolinat et les révoltes populaires du Tchad, 1965–1976 (1978) and his Le Frolinat et les guerres civiles du Tchad: 1977–1974: La Révolution introuvable (1987).

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  9. N. Mouric, ‘La Politique africaine sous Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’, Politique africaine (December 1984) 86.

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  10. Ibid.

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  11. Le Matin (Paris), 11 August 1983.

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  12. F. Mitterrand in Le Monde (Paris), 26 August 1983.

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Buijtenhuijs, R. (1995). French Military Interventions: The Case of Chad. In: Kirk-Greene, A., Bach, D. (eds) State and Society in Francophone Africa since Independence. St Antony’s/Macmillan Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-349-23826-2_14

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